Rep. Foley speaks out against freezing energy standards on the House Floor
Rep. Foley speaks out against freezing energy standards on the House Floor
 Press Conference on Gov. Kasich's Proposed Budget
Press Conference on Gov. Kasich's Proposed Budget
 Rep. Foley
Rep. Foley
Rep. Foley presents a House Resolution to a group of culinary students
Rep. Foley presents a House Resolution to a group of culinary students
 Rep. Foley gives a floor speech during House Session
Rep. Foley gives a floor speech during House Session
 Reps. Foley, Hagan and Antonio
Reps. Foley, Hagan and Antonio
House Session
House Session
 Rep. Foley offers testimony during Committee
Rep. Foley offers testimony during Committee
 Rep. Foley highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
Rep. Foley highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
Rep. Foley highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
Rep. Foley highlights a proposal that would make Ohio companies more responsible to their employees and accountable to taxpayers.
 Reps. Foley and Carney introduce a bill that will cut taxes for the middle class
Reps. Foley and Carney introduce a bill that will cut taxes for the middle class
 Reps. Foley and Carney introduce a bill that will cut taxes for the middle class
Reps. Foley and Carney introduce a bill that will cut taxes for the middle class
Rep. Foley pushes for Medicaid expansion
Rep. Foley pushes for Medicaid expansion
 Rep. Foley speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
Rep. Foley speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
 Rep. Foley discusses the negative effects of removing Medicaid expansion from the Budget Bill.
Rep. Foley discusses the negative effects of removing Medicaid expansion from the Budget Bill.
Rep. Foley presents a resolution
Rep. Foley presents a resolution
 Rep. Foley attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
Rep. Foley attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
 Rep. Foley discusses a bill that would institute a severance tax on oil and natural gas that is more in-line with other major shale states
Rep. Foley discusses a bill that would institute a severance tax on oil and natural gas that is more in-line with other major shale states
Reps. Foley and O'Brien
Reps. Foley and O'Brien
 Reps. Foley and Rogers with Budget Director Ronnie Romito
Reps. Foley and Rogers with Budget Director Ronnie Romito
 Rep. Foley displays the discharge petition for the media to see
Rep. Foley displays the discharge petition for the media to see
Rep. Foley watches as Leader Heard signs the discharge petition he initiated in efforts to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Foley watches as Leader Heard signs the discharge petition he initiated in efforts to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Rep. Foley initiates a discharge petition to bring Medicaid expansion to the floor for a vote
Rep. Foley initiates a discharge petition to bring Medicaid expansion to the floor for a vote
 Reps. Foley and Sheehy
Reps. Foley and Sheehy
Rep. Foley discusses the Budget Bill
Rep. Foley discusses the Budget Bill
 Rep. Foley speaks out against the Budget Bill that hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Rep. Foley speaks out against the Budget Bill that hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
 House Session
House Session
Rep. Foley speaks on the House Floor
Rep. Foley speaks on the House Floor
 
 

State Representative Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) represents the 14th District of Ohio which includes Brooklyn, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Parma Heights and large portions of Cleveland’s west side.  He has been in office since 2006.

Rep. Foley earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dayton and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He has used that education to defend the rights of Ohioans, especially in the area of housing, health care, the environment and education.

Rep. Foley has a long history of working in the community. ...

 
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10.30.14 - Foley, Environmental Group Make Case For Federal Clean Power Plan

 

Environment Ohio held a press conference Wednesday with State Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) to speak out in support of the Clean Power Plan, the series of federal rules aimed at reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. President Obama and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the plan in June as a strategy to combat climate change. The Clean Power Plan is the first-ever national limit on carbon emissions.

 
 

09.19.14 - Rep. Foley: JobsOhio Hoarding Cash While Job Creation Continues To Stagnate

 

The state jobs report released today showed that the number of unemployed Ohioans grew to 324,000 people, an increase of 1,000 from last month. The unemployment rate remained unchanged, while the state created 200 jobs. In response, State Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) released the following statement:

“Our state’s economic development entity is hoarding hundreds of millions of dollars while Ohio’s job growth rate continues to trail the national average. Gov. Kasich promised Ohioans a lot with the privatization of state economic development, but delivered no new results. JobsOhio looks more and more like a failing, fantasy playground of an unsuccessful businessman rather than an economic development powerhouse.”

According to limited data provided by the entity, since its inception JobsOhio has spent $22,219,000 on economic development—roughly 7.8% of the total liquor profits they've received.

Gov. Kasich’s $10 million pledge to the RNC on behalf of JobsOhio would be the largest single economic development investment to date—larger than the total of any single loan or grant program.

 
 

09.17.14 - As Anti-renewable Energy Committee Gears Up, Voter Attitudes Show Support For Advanced Energy Investment

 

Democratic lawmakers today contrasted harmful energy legislation passed by Republicans with recent findings on the attitudes of Ohioans on renewable energy. State Reps. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain), Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) and Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) pointed to energy policies such as Senate Bill 310, which contradict the attitudes of Ohioans, environmental experts and business leaders on the need for renewable energy in Ohio.

A recent bipartisan poll released by Re-AMP, a Midwest collaboration of environmental advocacy organizations, found that Ohioans strongly support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, especially as methods of job creation. Yet, Gov. Kasich and Republican lawmakers passed SB 310 this year, which puts a two-year freeze on all renewable energy standards and threatens energy efficiency projects in Ohio.

“Many of the concerns we heard in committee on SB 310 are the same concerns we’re hearing from Ohioans today,” said Rep. Ashford. “Ohioans know that a commitment to renewable energy leads to job creation, energy savings and a safe environment in the future. Ohio should not be catering to special interests at the cost of good jobs and energy savings.”

The renewable energy standards, passed with support from both parties in 2008, created more than 3,200 jobs in Ohio and saved Ohioans $1.3 billion over the course of four years. The freeze on these standards is estimated to cost Ohioans $4 billion in energy savings and 4,000 jobs in renewable energy fields. Despite the opposition of 73 companies and organizations in Ohio to the freeze, the legislature passed SB 310 essentially along party lines.

“The freeze on renewable energy standards reverses all of the progress Ohio has made over recent years in the energy sector. Our state had the opportunity to stand out as a leader in the field of renewable energy, and now we have let that opportunity slip. It is a loss for our state as a whole and for the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who remain desperate to find work,” said Rep. Ramos.

Republican lawmakers claim the freeze on renewable energy standards will allow time to study the standards and understand their impact. House leadership recently announced that a committee created through SB 310 is currently being organized to study the standards.

“The creation of this committee is a complete sham and utterly meaningless with regard to supporting an advanced energy economy,” said Rep. Foley. “While real issues like the failing economy and charter school reform remain unaddressed, the GOP feels the need to set up phony hearings to continue to undermine investments that Ohioans generally support.” 

 
 

09.15.14 - Lawmakers Seek Regulations On Charter Schools' Use Of Tax Dollars For Lobbying, Self-promotion

 

State Reps. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) and Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) held a press conference today outlining proposed legislation to protect Ohio students and taxpayer dollars. The lawmakers’ bill would prohibit for-profit public charter schools from using state funds for lobbying purposes or public relations activities.

Currently, for-profit charter schools, which received over $1 billion from the state last year, can use this state funding to pay for lobbying events, consulting costs and public relations campaigns. The bill proposed by the Democratic legislators today would prevent public charter schools from using state funding for these purposes.

“As stewards of taxpayer dollars, it is our responsibility as legislators to ensure that state funding is spent in a responsible manner,” said Rep. Foley. “The funding is sent to public schools for the purpose of educating Ohio students, not for lobbying luncheons or television commercials. While charter schools are certainly welcome to lobby legislators or organize supporters with outside funds, they should not subsidize these activities with tax dollars meant for students and teachers.”

The Democratic lawmakers also highlighted the low performance of for-profit charter schools in Ohio, pointing to recent school report card data that shows 62 percent of charter schools’ report card grades are a “D” or “F” according to an analysis by the policy think-tank Innovation Ohio. The state has closed several public charter schools in recent months due to underperformance and mismanagement.

“These public charter schools should me focusing more on providing a high-quality education to their students and less on generating revenue,” said Rep. Hagan. “If these for-profit charter schools were truly effective at teaching our kids, they wouldn’t need to spend money on advertisements or lobbyists. It is not the responsibility of Ohio taxpayers to foot the bill for their failures.” 

The announcement came ahead of Lorain’s Horizon Science Academy Lobby Day tomorrow at the Statehouse. The schools is funding a chartered bus, lunch and after-school childcare for the students of parents that make the trip to Columbus.

Reps. Foley and Hagan will be present at tomorrow’s 10:30 a.m. state school board meeting, where the lawmakers plan to testify following the Horizon School’s presentation.v

 
 
 
Representative Mike Foley
District 14
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3350
Fax      (614) 719-3910
Email Representative Foley
 
Hometown : Cleveland
Party : Democrat
Elected Experience :
Current Term : Expires December 2014 / Not eligible to run for another term